2011 predictions: Unicom operations director Chris Earle

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Unicom operations director Chris Earle points to MTRs, Nokia’s struggle and new MVNOs as features of 2011

“The biggest change will be the reduction in mobile termination rates (MTRs) in April.

“It will eat into operators’ profits and they will have to compensate.

“They will increase their pricing – the question is only when, and who will lead it.

“Nokia will continue to dominate the low-end and struggle at the high.

“Its launch delays, stock issues and lack of innovation has allowed others in.

“Smartphones will continue to put strain on networks, which will move to a fixed-cap data allowance, and away from unlimited data.

“2011 will see the establishment of new MVNOs with tailored packages for specific bases, such as SMEs.

“Dealers would be wise to cross-sell fixed line. There will be consolidation, allowing fixed providers to move in.”

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